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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
November 7, 2003
Students invited to perform at Carnegie Hall
Halseth leads the ensemble
The CSUS Symphonic
Wind Ensemble has received a coveted invitation to perform at the New York Wind
Band Festival’s gala Carnegie Hall concert April 13, one of two collegiate
ensembles chosen nationally. The festival is an annual educational event for
student musicians that includes workshops, clinics and competitions spread over
two, week-long sessions. Each session culminates with a public concert at Carnegie
“It’s the premier concert hall in the United States,” says
ensemble conductor Robert Halseth, also director of wind studies at CSUS. “Tchaikovsky
opened it in 1891. Playing there would be a tremendous opportunity for our students.”
Budget constraints have made University funds scarce, and the cost of sending
50 students to New York is significant, no matter how rewarding the experience
may be. Members of the ensemble will embark on a fundraising effort focused
on the $100,000 needed to attend the festival. “Each student needs $2,000
to go, or they’ll miss out on the experience of a lifetime,” says
music department chair Ernie Hills.
Ensemble members are planning fundraising events, contacting potential donors
and seeking sponsors to get their group to New York this spring. Playing at
Carnegie Hall is something they don’t want to miss.
Donations may be made to the CSUS Trust Foundation, Carnegie Hall Trip at CSUS
College of Arts and Letters Development Office, Mariposa Hall 5000, 6000 J Street,
Sacramento, CA 95819-6049 or (916) 278-7673.
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